In Memory of


'H' Coy, 6th Bn., Gordon Highlanders
who died on
Friday, 4th June 1915. Age 17.

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George Gordon


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Son of James A.and Jeannie Gordon, of Christkirk, Kennethmont, Aberdeenshire.
James Adam Gordon d 5/5/1932 age 63, Jeannie Reid d Christkirk 15/8/1914 age 50
Both interred at Insch Cemetery, George recorded d 3/6/1915 at Givenchy
on family headstone.

Pte 6 GH, Seggiecrook on Roll of Honour, Geo Gordon, Christkirk on War Memorial.

He was born Kennethmont and enlisted at Insch, killed in action
Brother of Robert P Gordon, below.
Known as Dod by family and friends. He was a farm servant at Leith Hall Home Farm at the outbreak of war. Three farm servants from Leith Hall went to fight in the war - all of them were killed.

As a member of "H" Company 6GH (Territorial Batt) Pte George Gordon reported to Company HQ at Huntly following the order to mobilize on 4th August 1914 and proceeded to France with the battalion on 9th November. This qualified him for the 1914 or Mons Star in addition to the British War and Victory Medals. ( Book, 6 GH in F & F)

From memorial card - he was 17 years of age and died at Festubert.
"A" Company 6GH, details in letter home.

Huntly Express 18/6/15 : In copy of letter to his father 2nd Lt D McKenzie, commanding "A" Coy, states that he knew George well as he was his observer.
He also states he died during the afternoon of June 3.

Capt D McKenzie MC was greatly involved with and is credited as the author of the book 6th Gordon Highlanders in France and Flanders. It details in full the battalions movements during The Great War. He was later headmaster at Cullen School.

1/4/1908 The original Volunteer Battalions was reorganised and the 4th became the 6th Batt ( Territorial Force) comprising 8 companies centred in the following areas;
'A' Coy - Banff
'B' Coy - Dufftown, Aberlour and Glenlivet
'C' Coy - Keith
'D' Coy - Buckie
'E' Coy - Inverurie

'F' Coy - Alford, Kildrummy and Strathdon
'G' Coy - Buckie
'H' Coy - Huntly

During 1914 the 8 Company system of the entire British army was changed to 4, usually 'A', 'B', 'C' and 'D'
'H' Company became part of the new 'A' Company. This became the official designation in 1915. This did not prevent the men using the original lettering which related to their home areas.

Service notes
1/6th Gordons, 1/6th (6th) Banff and Donside Battalion Gordon Highlanders.

4/8/1914 at Keith: Gordon Brigade, Highland Division.
16/8/1914 arrived Bedford, part of Highland Territorial Brigade
9/11/1914 left Bedford by train to Southhampton, there boarded troopship " Cornishman" for France.
10/11/1914 Landed Havre ( Le Havre)
13/11/1914 Left Le Havre, travelled to St Omer, 4/12/1914 at Sailly.

5/12/1914 to 20th Brigade, 7th Division.
Was the 1st Btn of Highland Division to reach the Front.
6/12/1914 In trenches

5/1/1916 became Line of Communication Troops.
1/6/1916 to 152nd Brigade, 51st Highland Division.
6/10/1918 ammalgamated with 1/7th (Deeside) Gordons to form 6/7th Gordons
11/11/1918 in same near Thun l'Eveque, North of Cambrai.

Commemorative Information

Memorial: LE TOURET MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France

Grave Reference/
Panel Number:

Panel 39 to 41


The name of George Gordon

Le Touret Memorial is located at the east end of Le Touret Military Cemetery, on the south side of the Bethune-Armentieres main road. From Bethune follow the signs for Armentieres until you are on the D171. Continue on this road through Essars and Le Touret village. Approximately 1 kilometre after Le Touret village and about 5 kilometres before you reach the intersection with the D947, Estaires to La Bassee road, the Cemetery lies on the right hand side of the road. The Memorial takes the form of a loggia surrounding an open rectangular court. The court is enclosed by three solid walls and on the eastern side by a colonnade. East of the colonnade is a wall and the colonnade and wall are prolonged northwards (to the road) and southwards, forming a long gallery. Small pavilions mark the ends of the gallery and the western corners of the court. The names of those commemorated are listed on panels set into the walls of the court and the gallery, arranged by Regiment, Rank and alphabetically by surname within the rank. Over 13,000 names are listed on the memorial of men who fell in this area before 25 September 1915 and who have no known grave.